The limousine driver from Sydney’s 107-day lockdown breaks his silence

The limousine driver who accidentally became patient zero last year for Sydney’s 107-day lockdown has finally broken his silence.

64 year old grandfather Michael Podgutsky has opened up about his wife’s fear and huge toll after becoming the infamous “limo driver”.

“We couldn’t handle the stress,” Michael told the Sydney Morning Herald.

Michael also said that after the lockdown was declared, someone was rammed into his car and a neighbor called him to say they would “tell everyone your name because you destroyed NSW”.

Michael was acquitted by police after being branded public enemy number one by some media outlets and many members of the public.

“Looking back, I think I was cheated and treated like a criminal.

“My wife was distraught.”

After growing up in the Soviet Union, limousine driver Michael said he is extremely grateful for his life in Australia.

“Living in this country is like winning the lottery,” he said.

Michael has been extremely withdrawn (and fair enough, TBH) since the incident and has only accepted invitations to a small number of interviews.

Until today, A Current affair was one of the few media networks to speak to the limousine driver in June 2021.

Since Sydney went into lockdown for three and a half months last year, COVID is still present in the community.

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“The BA.4 and BA.5 sublines, which were first identified in early April, are expected to become the dominant strains in the coming weeks,” a spokesperson for NSW Health said, according to the ABC.

NSW Health also thinks these new strains “will likely be associated with an increase in infections.”

Good times! *sigh*.

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